Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

| Aug 18, 2014

Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

by Reiji Yoshida

Rumors and speculation are swirling in Nagata-cho, Japan’s political nerve center. The hot topic: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to reshuffle the Cabinet and the leadership of his Liberal Democratic Party next month. Why is Abe planning to shake up the Cabinet now? Who ...

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Jul 23, 2014

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Many Upper House lawmakers will set out for official summer trips abroad, about one month earlier than last year as the regular Diet session wrapped up late last month without extension. Last year’s official summer trips overseas were concentrated in August partly because of ...

Jun 15, 2014

Plan for surrogate births

A team of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers has compiled a bill that would allow donations of sperm and ova from third parties as well as arrangements for surrogate births.

Apr 27, 2014

Politicians running in place

by Jiro Yamaguchi

Today, there's not so much political competition in Japan between the ruling and opposition camps as there is among opposition parties seeking to ally themselves with the ruling camp. Have individual lawmakers become less willing to take risks by speaking up?

| Apr 22, 2014

Anti-Abe forces emerging

Little was heard from Yasuo Fukuda, nor was much said about him, after he stepped down as prime minister in 2008. In recent months, though, he has been sought out by some LDP leaders to help repair the damage to relations with South Korea ...